Having departed Buffalo Springfield, Neil had a full palette to explore his muse and this debut offering has two gems on it. One of them, "The Loner," is a true Young classic. Sadly, the other seems to be overlooked by a lot of folks, which is a shame because it's a fun, surreal Neil playing with words and music. What song is that, the nice, long, "Last Trip to Tulsa." Though it bears no musical resemblance to the soon-to-be-written "Cowgirl in the Sand," Young's "Last Trip to Tulsa" sets the scene for his departure from 2-3 minute tunes to stretched out tunes that, in my opinion, are his best work ("Cowgirl," "Down by the River," "Cortez the Killer," "Like a Hurricane," etc.). When Neil stretches out, structure loses its importance and his musical soul breaks through. OK, "Last Trip to Tulsa" is acoustic jamming and the other songs I mentioned are electric, but this was a harbinger of the great things to come. As debut albums go, it's not as good as, say, David Crosby's "If Only I Could Remember by Name," but it's still worthy of 4 stars and a larger audience. Buy this album, as well as "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" and "After the Gold Rush" and you will have the foundation of albums upon which Neil has built his career. Yes, "Harvest" (his fourth outing) is great, but these first three albums really established Neil Young as a musical presence, and "Harvest" was the coup de grace. If you've never heard "Last Trip to Tulsa" you owe it to yourself to buy this CD. It didn't make it onto "Decade" and it won't ever make it on a "Decade II" (or whatever) or the mythical, much-hoped-for, never-to-be-released box set, so you'll have to buy this CD. It's worth the money.